How to Overload the Reactor in Starfield

Published: Sep. 13, 2023
Updated: Feb. 19, 2024

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IIn this guide, you'll learn how to overload the reactor in Starfield to complete the "First Contact" quest. This is an optional route that emerges from a conversation with Oliver Campbell.

Overloading the ECS Constant's reactor (Quick Guide):

  • There are three ways to deal with the ECS Constant. One option is overloading the ship's reactor.
  • To do this, steal the Reactor Terminal Key from one of the crew members in the Constant's entrance area.
  • Then, head to the reactor computer in the same room (to the left of the entrance) and activate the emergency overload.

Starfield: How to Overload the Reactor

Starfield: the Reactor Computer

During the First Contact quest, you will have a conversation with Oliver. If you chose the line "Hypothetically, what could make a ship like that go away?" you will have the option to overload the ship's reactor. To accomplish this, you need to go to the engineering division.

When you get there, to the left of the entrance, you will see the Reactor Computer. As you might guess, it is used to control the reactor. To access the computer, you need the Esc Constant Reactor Terminal Key.

The key is with one of the engineers in this room. To get it, you'll have to pickpocket one of them. Take turns looking in each engineer's pockets until you find the one with the Esc Constant Reactor Terminal Key. Steal it, and you'll be able to use the Reactor Computer. When you log in, select the Reactor Computer tab. Next, in the power level selection menu, select the Emergency Reactor Overdrive option.

Now you need to confirm the override. Go to the command bay and use the Captain's Bridge Computer. To access it, you'll need a Digipick and pick as many as six keys to the lock. When you log in to the computer, select the Urgent Actions tab and then select Confirm Request. Now you're done, so just run back to your ship before Constant explodes.

That was all the information on how to overload the reactor in the First Contact quest. If you do not care that all the people on the ship will die, you can save a lot of time or credits.

By the way, if you are looking for more content like this, feel free to read our article on how to get into Benjamin Bayu’s Penthouse in Starfield.

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Artur is our English-speaking writer from Ukraine who covers many topics in the gaming field. From indies to triple-A blockbusters, he is a gamer through and through. He has been supporting our team as a freelancer since the beginning of 2023.
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